ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville's Pond Road Middle School was filled with laughter and cheer as Ability Tree New Jersey recently hosted its annual Christmas Party.  More than 200 guests and 50 volunteers from across the state created beautiful crafts, snapped festive photos in the photo booth, and played games in celebration of the holiday spirit.

During the party, attendees of all ages caroled with the Lifetree Community Church choir as they shared a meal from Chicken Holiday and sipped coffee from the Robbinsville Starbucks.  They also received gifts, played with therapy dogs from The Golden Halo Outreach, and, of course, spent time with the big man himself, Santa! Even Frosty the Snowman made an appearance this year! Toys for Tots and Autism NJ (with help from Amazon) generously donated hundreds of gifts!  

Dr. Natalie Schuberth, a practicing psychologist and Ability Tree New Jersey’s president, commended the great team of volunteers who organized the Christmas celebration.  

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“The Ability Tree NJ Christmas party one of my favorite days of the year and feels like a family reunion where we can connect with old friends and make new ones,” explained Schuberth.

A faith-based, community-focused, 501c3 organization, Ability Tree New Jersey envisions families impacted by disability being accepted and supported in their local community, and enjoying healthy relationships in their neighborhoods, schools, workplaces and churches.  Ability Tree reaches out to families with special needs through recreation, education, support, and training (R.E.S.T.). Programs include recreation and respite nights for children with special needs and their siblings, sibling scholarships for graduating seniors, and helping community organizations and events become more accessible. 

To participate, volunteer, or donate to Ability Tree New Jersey, visit their website at www.abilitytree.org/newjersey. 

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